The Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, has announced the launch of its innovative OpenSwitch Project. Extreme Networks is proud to serve as a founding member of this project. The OpenSwitch Project aims to support increased agility and network disaggregation through Linux and open source software development of a full featured network operating system with the ultimate goal of stimulating ecosystem innovation in both the data center and Enterprise campus markets. Extreme will join a collaborative community of contributors, including Broadcom, HPE, LinkedIn, VMware and many others to build a shared code base that can be efficiently leveraged by many entities.
Extreme Networks is no stranger to Linux and other open source software, as we already make extensive use of these platforms in our product portfolio. This engagement with the Linux Foundation was a natural extension of our current development philosophy. The OpenSwitch project aligns especially well with our ExtremeSwitching product line and will allow us to make key contributions to the project based on our 20 plus years of extensive networking expertise. The OpenSwitch project aligns with our goals of delivering flexible, secure and efficient switching platforms to enterprises in Higher Education, K-12, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Government, Venues and Hospitality and compliments our current Linux based ExtremeSwitching products.
In addition to utilizing the new network operating system to accelerate innovation and development, Extreme will serve as a key supporter in helping build a broader base of ecosystem partners to extend our portfolio of solutions to customers worldwide. By joining the governing board of this groundbreaking initiative, we plan to accelerate the OpenSwitch Project’s adoption and success. To that end, we anticipate delivering highly differentiated OpenSwitch products in the first half of 2017.